The philosophy of science is to improve our knowledge about the world and how our bodies behave to enhance our well-being. Science has aid us in many ways such as increasing our lifespan, improving medicine, and advancing technology. Provided that the government of Canada and Quebec want to improve the quality of life for its people and encourage the growth of scientific discoveries, they should invest in scientific research that will continue to expand our knowledge and use that newly acquired knowledge to continue improving our quality of life.
Eugenics is the study of manipulating the genetic code of plants and/or people to improve inherited genes. In fact, the word "eugenics" comes from the Greek word meaning good offspring and was given by Darwin's cousin, Sir Francis Galton. There are both positive and negative eugenics, one to "improve the characteristics of an organism or species" (McLaren 116) and another to "eliminate […] undesirable biological traits" (McLaren 116), respectively.
By creating a stronger immune system, eugenics can possibly hinder future viruses and diseases from spreading quicker and creating deadly pandemics. As we have seen in recent years, viruses can spread at alarming rates, furthermore they have the ability to evolve and mutate rapidly. Viruses can be disseminated by mosquitoes and other insect, such as the West Nile virus, which has killed many globally, is transmitted through infectious mosquitoes. Influenza viruses, can be mutated and then contaminate humans; this can happen when two different influenza viruses enter a host and merge together, creating a new virus which can then infect society. As well diseases which have are believed to have originated from animals such as SARS and AIDS. These viruses and diseases is a threat to the well-being of society. Recent examples are the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, which took the lives of hundreds of Canadians and thousands globally and the Legionnaire's disease in Québec in 2012, which contaminated almost 200 citizens and killed a few. The research of eugenics can strengthen our immune system and possibly produce stronger antibodies to protect us from future and perhaps fatal viruses and diseases.
Many people are against eugenics due to ethical, religious and social reasons. Some people associate eugenics with the Nazi's; after all it was Adolf Hitler who sought after the perfect race and aimed to get rid of the ‘undesirable' ones. And this is essentially the goal of eugenics, to alter ‘weak' genes so that people are stronger and healthier. Religiously, it may be seen as immoral because you are changing your natural state, the way God intended for you to be. If you were born a certain way, it is because you were supposed to be born that way, and if you alter the way you were born it is not respectable. Socially, eugenics may be...